January 31st, 2012
12:12 AM ET

Afghan police: Man kills wife for giving birth to daughter instead of son

Police in the northern Afghanistan province of Kunduz are looking for a man they say strangled his wife after she bore him a third child that was not a son.

Sher Mohammed, 29, married his 22-year-old wife four years ago, police said.

The couple had three daughters, the last of whom was born three months ago, said Khanabad district police chief Sufi Habib.

After the youngest daughter was born, Mohammed blamed his wife for not being able to deliver a boy, Habib said.

"Finally on Saturday, the man, with the help of his mother, first beat the woman and then strangled her to death," the police chief said.

Police arrested the mother but the son fled.

Khanabad is about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Kunduz city.

The report comes weeks after Afghan police said they rescued a 15-year-old girl who was locked up in the basement of her in-laws' house, starved, and had her nails pulled out.

The girl, Sahar Gul, was married off to a 30-year-old man last year. Authorities in the northern Baghlan province said the girl reportedly was tortured after she refused to submit to prostitution.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    I know that beings stupid enough to do what Sher Mohammed and his mother did are technically considered human.
    To me, such animals are not human beings, even if instructions for some of their actions can be read in their holy books.

    January 31, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tcr c2

    Barbaric!!! Beasts, how could any one live like that? I feel real bad for those women over there. Its such a shame , i have two daughters and they would tear him up

    January 31, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tcr c2

    @joey issota what books would that be? That would be the coran and whta else? Im not insulting your smarts, im just curios.

    January 31, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO ©

    At least it didn't happen in Canada this time.

    January 31, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. **cosmicVox *

    To make this action even More stupid and inane, the Gender of the child is Always Determined by the Father not the mother!

    January 31, 2012 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kathy

    Idiot should have chopped off his balls since it's the Male who determines the baby's gender. Poor daughters, having such a lovely family.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy ©

    Why does this keep happening?
    It happens in China and India also...
    I can understand it if were the Middle Ages and the populace didn't understand the concept of biology...
    Good Lord, guys, pick up a book!
    Either that, or beat the hell out of your testicals, since they are the offending body parts, and not a woman's uterous...
    Bass akwards country!!

    January 31, 2012 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bill

    We know the gender of a child is determined by the father but these folks would dismiss that notion as being a western myth since it's not part of their holy books and traditions. This sort of stuff goes on and HAS gone on for centuries and we're just now getting around to making it public? Every time we try to introduce civilized lifestyles and information to these folks they get angry and start killing people, so perhaps the best thing we can do is leave them benighted for the good of all mankind. We need to stop interfering in their much-loved traditions and lifestyle ....stop helping little old ladies across the street who don't want to go.

    January 31, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      It is the stupid old men who do not want to be helped across the street; the little old ladies want to live, and not be thrown under the bus.

      January 31, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  9. ronvan

    BILL: Sadly I have to agree with you! I do not argue the fact that, in this day and age, these things continue to happen.
    BUT, it is THEIR history and has been that way for centuries. WE, and all those "do gooder" groups need to put thier efforts somewhere else!

    January 31, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |